The Director General and his council recently asked the USA to accept Ethiopia as a Sector. Joel Livingston, Andrew Sioleti and Tony Ciorra travelled to Ethiopia in January 2014 to visit the members there and reported on their visit at the March Plenary Gathering. Please click on the image below to see photos from this trip to Ethiopia.
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The visitation to Ethiopia was a moving experience. We found a vibrant Voluntas community with a well functioning council and a ministry to the elderly, homeless and HIV infected. The role of the USA District is to offer fraternal support and to serve as consultants/advisors to the Sector. Although the District does not have financial responsibility for the Ethiopia Sector, we are making a concerted effort to obtain funding for the education of seminarians and the ministry to the poor and homeless through grants/foundations, preaching through the Propagation of the Faith, and searching for some sponsoring parishes and donors.
Mr. and Mrs. Terfa, the leaders from Ethiopia, joined us in August 2014 at the Summer Congress to give their report on the Ethiopian sector and answer questions from our members.They were received into stability at our District liturgy celebrating formation steps!
We are grateful to the many individuals who have made contributions for our mission in Ethiopia,including members of the USA District and individuals who have made a donation after hearing a mission appeal in their parish. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the following foundations who have generously given grants for the work of Voluntas Dei in Ethiopia:
Voluntas Dei Institute - International Site Canada | Chile |
| India | Sri Lanka | USA
United States Conference of Secular Institutes - for more info on secular institures in the USA
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